Mar 082014

Artbook re-release and storybook premiere set for late-summer/fall release

North American publisher Viz Media recently announced the release of Princess Mononoke: The First Story – a storybook featuring Hayo Miyazaki’s original concept behind the critically acclaimed film. Fans of Miyazaki’s work and Princess Mononoke in particular can experience the magic the original Princess Mononoke story made almost 20 years prior the release of the iconic film, as well as his watercolor illustrations and early character designs, which hints at inspirations for Totoro and other beloved characters.

Viz also announced the planned October re-release of The Art of Princess Mononoke – complete with new illustrations, interviews, and finished cels from the award-winning animated film.

The Art of Princess Mononoke is set for an August 2014 release and the Princess Mononoke: The First Story storybook is set to debut later in October.

From Viz via PR:
Hardcover Available August 2014

A rerelease of the popular Studio Ghibli art book, featuring an all new translation and presentation. The hardcover edition features insightful interviews, concept sketches, character art and finished animation cels from the critically acclaimed fantasy action film by Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki. Released in 1997, Princess Mononoke was the first Hayao Miyazaki film to break into the American mainstream. The journey from initial idea to the big screen is captured here in stunning detail and also includes a look at Miyazaki’s original concept art and the use of computer graphics technology in the film’s production.

MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN • Hardcover Available October 2014

An oversized, lavishly illustrated storybook featuring original watercolor art by legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, this is the original Princess Mononoke story created by Miyazaki in 1980 while he was first conceptualizing the landmark animated film that would later be released to universal acclaim seventeen years later. As an initial version of the tale, it offers a new and different perspective from the final version presented in the film. After a long, exhausting war, a samurai lost in a forest encounters a giant wildcat – a mononoke. The beast saves his life, but at the price of his daughter’s hand in marriage…

About VIZ Media
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media) is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation.

The company offers an integrated product line including the popular digital manga anthology Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages.

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